Cambridge Botanic Garden | April 2022
Ed and I made a daytrip to Cambridge on Thursday and visited Cambridge Botanic Garden. We were last in Cambridge in October 2020, just before the second major shutdown of the pandemic. It was lovely to be back on a hot spring day, and to see the shops and cafés busy with customers again. The botanic garden was quiet. I think it’s because the spring school holidays are staggered this year and Cambridge children went back after the Easter weekend whereas Ed (and Birmingham schools) broke up a week later and have had the past week off work and school.
Turning a corner in the glasshouse, we stumbled upon Cambridge Botanic Garden’s Strongylodon macrobotrys vine in full bloom. This is a plant which is extremely rare and endangered in the wild as a result of deforestation in its native Philippines, but there are a number of specimens in botanic gardens around the world, including this one in Cambridge. I have never seen anything like it, that turquoise colour is incredible to witness in person. The photos capture some of its beauty, but seeing it in person was something else entirely.
These last two I captured in Cambridge city centre on our walk back through the city streets after visiting the botanic garden. We bought blackcurrant sorbet from an independent street vendor and I had to pass my cone to Ed for safekeeping whilst I snapped these two, as there was no way I was walking by and letting the light go undocumented!